For if we go on sinning deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a fearful expectation of judgment, and a fury of fire that will consume the adversaries. Anyone who has set aside the law of Moses dies without mercy on the evidence of two or three witnesses. How much worse punishment, do you think, will be deserved by the one who has spurned the Son of God, and has profaned the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and has outraged the Spirit of grace? For we know him who said, “Vengeance is mine; I will repay.” And again, “The Lord will judge his people.” It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. Hebrews 10:26-31
Today’s verses are another group that can cause heartburn if you only look at the surface. But like so often when we have difficulty reconciling God’s Word the fault is not the Bible but in our wanting to only rely on an English translation and a refusal to look beyond our own knowledge. So once again I turn to the Bible Knowledge Commentary to help in figuring out what God is trying to tell us. But before we start let just interject something. Too often we tend to rely on the words of the Bible as they are in our own language, for me English. The problem is that any translations of a thought from one language to another will invariable lose something in the translation. That is why there is no word for word translation of the Bible; it just would not make sense. So every translation is really a though for though translation. That is why we should consult more than one translation to help us in our understanding as well as having a good commentary and sometimes go back to the original word in Greek or Hebrew to further our understanding.
All that to say that a surface reading of today’s verses might lead us to the conclusion that the writer of Hebrews is telling us that we could lose our salvation. What he is telling us is that we all must face a judgment, believers and unbelievers alike. Sometimes that judgment will be in this life. Many of the “bad” things that happen to us are the direct result of our continued sins. Sometimes the prayers we want answered a certain way are not because of our actions. The writer today is talking to those Jewish Christians who accepted Christ but are sliding back to the old ways. He is telling us that when we do so we are crucifying Jesus again. We are saying that His blood was not enough for us, we need more. The judgment for that will be harsh.
We can all expect to be judged for our sins in this life. God will not be happy that we continued to sin even though Jesus paid the price and the Holy Spirit is here to transform us. But just like those Christians referred to in today’s verses we too want to slip back to our old ways. For that we will experience the fire of God’s anger but even though we will be judged Jesus has paid to keep us from the punishment we so richly deserve.
He will be there to intercede for us, he is there to claim us as His and He is there to let us into the Kingdom. Not because we deserve it. Not because we stopped sinning. No. only because He loves us.
Have a blessed day,